NBA All-Star voting results come in on Thursday and two players who deserve to be there are Knicks forward Julius Randle and Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Randle may not making Thursday’s starting lineup announcement, but there’s little doubt he’s put together the type of season that merits an All-Star nod. The 26-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season, averaging 23.1 points, 11 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Randle is the only player in the league to average 20-10-5 while not being a former All-Star. He’s also on pace to become the first player in the long history of the New York Knicks to average 20-10-5. On Tuesday’s episode of The Jump, Paul was asked to buy or sell on Randle’s ability to maintain that clip, and The Truth said he’s all in on Randle.
“I’ve seen the improvement in this kid’s game…he’s made the jump, and I’m telling you he should be in the All-Star game,” Paul said. “20, 10 and 5 is not easy to do. He’s getting it done in all aspects of the game.”
Another guy getting it done at an incredible clip right now is Warriors guard Stephen Curry, whose scoring average of 36.3 points per game in the month of February is within a fraction of a point of the best monthly average of Curry’s incredible career. He averaged 36.7 points per game in February of 2016, during his unanimous MVP 15-16 campaign.
Can Curry keep it up for the rest of the month, which features 15 games in 28 days for Golden State? Paul believes he can.
“Don’t doubt greatness, and what we’re seeing is greatness performed here. I know what it’s like to be in the zone for a month, as I’ve been Player of the Month maybe one time in my career, But this guy has done it time and time again, continued to prove the critics wrong and he’s just in a good groove right now.”
Watch Paul, Rachel Nichols and Zach Lowe discuss Randle and Curry below, and watch the Jump, weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.